Police Racism: Fact or Inner City Demagoguery
Does police racism exist or is there something else at work hitherto unacknowledged by those who are affected the most, the black citizens of crime ridden inner cities?
In April of 2001, a riot broke out in the black neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio. The spark was the shooting by a white police officer, Stephen Roach, of an unarmed 19-year-old black male, Timothy Thompson, who was wanted on 14 warrants for traffic offenses and fleeing the police. After a chase through back allies on the night of April 7th, the youth was cornered by the white officer. …
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